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What is Melbourne's Magic Coffee?

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Published July 26th 2013
I'm a new kid on the block. I moved over very recently from the next state along and having spent the last few weeks getting to know the city I've noticed some very Melbourne specific curiosities. For example, in response to the whole coffee glorification that occurs whenever Melburnians speak of their city, I was determined to get to the bottom of its famed reputation through tireless research at the expense of many cups. Thus I stumbled across ''the magic''.

Out with a friend who asked for ''a magic'' I was immediately sceptical. I admit I that I scoffed and that my first comment was 'it sounds slightly hallucinogenic.'

Luckily the barista took pity on my naïve self and I'll pass his explanation onto you:

A magic is steamed milk poured over a double ristretto and served in a smaller 160ml cup giving it the optimum coffee to milk ratio. (A ristretto is a 'restricted espresso', meaning that it's the first half of a shot of coffee only and supposedly purer.)

In layman's terms, that's basically just a double shot flat white but I've found it is more fun to ask for a magic at your local café. The majority of cafe's in Melbourne will know what one is but as a side note, do try to be understanding with those interstaters who haven't yet come across one.

One place where you can sip a good mug of magic is at 'The Auction Rooms' at 107 Errol street in North Melbourne, open from 7am until 5pm Monday to Friday, and 7:30am to 5pm at weekends. They have a 'coffee of the day' available as well as their regular blend.

If you know where one can find 'magic coffee' in Melbourne, please leave a comment.
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coffeehead camberwell & frankston know their coffee & serve Magic's
by pm11 (score: 0|2) 2331 days ago
Ned's Bake 134 Toorak rd south Yates, def know their coffee & serve magic's too.
by bel_v (score: 0|2) 1077 days ago
They're even doin it in Boronia, The Drop In Cafe actually does two fresh ristretto shots before milkin it! BOOM
by andyn (score: 0|2) 1024 days ago
Vagabond coffee a mobile coffee vintage caravan
by genev (score: 0|2) 916 days ago
Oatmeal Cafe in Vermont!
by t.may (score: 0|2) 761 days ago
Piccolo One Williamstown
by Vlatk (score: 0|2) 651 days ago
A Magic at Hendriks Cafe in White St, Mordy is always magic!!
by sport (score: 0|2) 461 days ago
Magic coffee at the block Westfield Doncaster is good
by Billl (score: 0|2) 370 days ago
Hey Jude in North Essendon
Northcote STN in Northcote (and I suspect Braybrook STN in Braybrook because I think they have very similar menus if not the same)
by mme.k (score: 0|2) 344 days ago
Hawthorn Brew Bar on Glenferrie Road serves it, I enjoyed it :)
by Liz (score: 0|2) 323 days ago
Magic at Frankies in Carrum Downs :-)
by field (score: 0|2) 194 days ago
It's obviously not "just a double shot flat white". A double ristretto makes up the same volume of coffee as a single shot. Depending on where you get it, it could be a 250ml takeaway cup worth of milk...
by Camellia Aebischer (score: 0|2) 1137 days ago
Assembly in Collingwood & Carlton.
by jacly (score: 0|2) 1239 days ago
Bella Cosi, Beach st., Port Melbourne. Very skilled and knowledgable barista
by Conwa (score: 0|2) 1345 days ago
Liaison cafe on Ridgeway Place make the best magic in Melbourne !!
by Peter (score: 0|2) 2324 days ago
Miss Marie cafe in Rosanna can make a Magic...
by Cinzgirl (score: 0|6) 2321 days ago
Lady Bower, Reservoir
by helen (score: 0|2) 2225 days ago
Follow the leader - glen eria rd balaclava
by datae (score: 0|2) 2196 days ago
'Mio Locale'
465 Brunswick st, North Fitzroy!
by melpr (score: 0|2) 1883 days ago
Magic, Ferrars st South Melbourne.
by aland (score: 0|2) 1805 days ago
Go to Lemon Middle and Orange in Collingwood, great coffee and you'll get your Magic there as well ;-)
by Nina_ (score: 0|2) 1613 days ago
Le Cirque Fine Foods in the Docklands
by alber (score: 0|2) 1490 days ago
Cote Terra in Oakleigh and Dukes in Flinders Lane
by ramie (score: 0|2) 1384 days ago
Not in melbourne but L1 & Larder in Daylesford both do magic magics! Ask for Max!
by r.sta (score: 0|2) 1358 days ago
Well there are other benefits to drinking a magic. I like the flavour of a double shot but can't handle all that caffeine. Magic is the best of both worlds.
by grayd (score: 0|2) 131 days ago

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